2010 Speakers Archive

Sustainability:  Redefining Design, Reinforcing Nature
Oklahoma City, OK

Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA, has served as Sr. Principal in Charge for such award-winning projects as the 2000 Sydney Olympics Master Concept Design, University of Cincinnati Master Plan, Guadalupe River Park and Crissy Field in San Francisco’s Presidio.  She has recently led the firm’s work on Discovery Green in Houston, the Los Angeles State Historic Park and Denver’s Union Station District.  She is also currently overseeing the planning and design for the Parklands for the London Olympics 2012.  Jones has served on numerous juries, lectures widely, and is active in the public forum of design and development issues.  She is a Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and a past Visiting Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Design School.  Mary Margaret is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Sr. Fellow of the Design Futures Council and is President of Hargreaves Associates.


Gary Scott, FASLA, is currently the President of the 17,000 member American Society of Landscape Architects.  His lifelong focus has been planning and designing parks and open space, reclaiming abandoned mines, preserving forests and stream corridors, and transforming farm fields.  These outdoor environments served as the primary setting of his childhood in Illinois, and creating and preserving them for everyone to enjoy motivates his career.

As director of Parks and Recreation for the city of West Des Moines, Iowa, Gary leads a dynamic department in a rapidly growing suburban community.  His work emphasizes serving the public.  Gary was honored to receive IPRA’s Slattery Award in 2003, the governor of Iowa’s Volunteer Award in 1992, to be profiled in Building Stone Magazine’s “Best and Brightest Architects” in 2003, and to be inducted as the ASLA Fellow in 2007.


Brian Dougherty, FASLA, is a tremendous advocate for landscape architecture in the state of Oklahoma as well as nationally.  His professional background includes 15 years with OSU in Oklahoma City as a faculty member and later as the Division Head at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center.  Brian joined the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as a program officer coordinating the Parks and Public Space initiative and the Margaret Annis Boys Trust.  He often makes presentations about the importance of parks and public grounds in our communities.  Brian co-hosts the KTOK Garden Show, has served three terms on the Oklahoma State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, two terms as the Oklahoma Chapter Trustee, is the national vice president of membership for the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is currently a candidate for the National President of ASLA.  He is also serves as a Trustee for the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, Trustee for the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and serves on the Board for Automobile Alley.


Bill Wink, FASLA, is founder and President of Wenk Associates, Inc., a Denver-based landscape architectural firm.

For over 30 years, he has been influential in the restoration and redevelopment of urban river and stream corridors, the transformation of derelict urban land, and the design of public parks and open spaces.  He is recognized nationally for utilizing stormwater as a resource.  His ability to define multi-benefit solutions to complex issues is demonstrated through projects in urban settings across the country.


Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, holds a BLA from LSU and a MBA in Real Estate from SMU.  Currently focused on the redevelopment of deteriorating urban retail corridors and the challenges of shrinking cities, his project experiences range from residential gardens to master planned communities, resorts, and brownfields.  As co-chair of TCLF, he is also actively engaged n the preservation of America’s designed landscape.


Nathan S. Elliott, ASLA, as Vice President, Nathan’s responsibilities include design development, project management, marketing and business development.  He recently managed the design and production of the 5.2 acre Woodall Rodgers Park in downtown Dallas, Texas and is most active as the project manager for the 15-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens renovation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Autumn Radle became the City’s first Director of the Office of Sustainability in August 2009.  Her primary mission is to administer the City’s $5.4 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy.  Projects under the grant include:  a comprehensive sustainability plan, energy efficiency and lighting retrofits to City facilities, a fast fill compressed natural gas fueling station, downtown recycling, a downtown bike-share pilot, an update of the City’s building code and historic preservation guidelines for greater energy efficiency, an energy efficiency revolving load fund for homeowners, and education and outreach.


Heather Venhaus has spent the last decade working with teams of scientists, designers, and educators on projects emphasizing sustainable design, land restoration, and environmental education.  Heather’s most recent work included the project management of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to create voluntary national standards for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices.  In addition, Ms. Vanhaus also acts as a private consultant on projects emphasizing regenerative site design and restorative solutions.  Heather has held leadership positions in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Chapter Steering Committee, Regional Council and Regionalization task force, as well as Chair of the Central Texas Balcones Chapter.  Ms. Venhaus is currently working with USGBC technical committees as a subject matter expert to incorporate components of the Sustainable Sites initiative into future version of LEED.


Mark Bays is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, in Forest Management.  He has experience in traditional forestry as well as private sector consulting.  He has been with Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 18 years, helping communities and individuals across the state appreciate the value, benefits and service trees provide.

Since the spring of 1996, Mark has been directly involved with Oklahoma City Memorial Foundation and the recovery efforts centering on improving the health of the Survivor Tree.  This native, American elm is less than a hundred yards from where the bomb was detonated and is the closest living tree that took the full force of the bomb.  The tree is a centerpiece for the memorial that was dedicated on April 19th, 2000.


Scott Payne, Production Manager at Deep Fork Tree Farm, has worked win the horticulture industry since the age of fourteen.  He has extensive experience in both container and field production.  In 2008, Scott came to Deep Fork from Select Trees, an industry leader is B&B tree growing.

Susan Folkert, Sales Manager, also joined Deep Fork in 2008.  Managing a specimen tree distribution center in Dallas introduced her to premium B&B trees, which she supplied to the Texas landscape industry for 15 years.  Scott and Susan are dedicated to growing Deep Fork trees as the gold standard for B&B trees.


Hans and Torrey Butzer won the international design competition for the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Their design has received awards from the ASLA, the AIA and was recognized in the TOP 10 Designs List by TIME Magazine.  Currently, Hans teaches at the University of Oklahoma, while partnered with architect Jeremy Gardner and Torrey in their OKC architecture practice bgDESIGN.


Mike Knopp has been instrumental in growing the sport of rowing in the state.  Knopp is president of the Oklahoma Association for Rowing and executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, which will manages the Chesapeake Boathouse, a recently completed facility that houses OCU rowing. Knopp started the rowing program at the University of Oklahoma.


Eric Gilbey, RLA ASLA is the Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist for Nemetschek North America, where he utilizes his professional experience and computer aided design (CAD) skills to assist in the development, marking and sales of Vectorworks Landmark.  As a landscape architect, with experience in commercial, municipal and residential projects, he has also been coordinating and conducting LARE Review Sessions for Ohio and St. Louis Chapters of ASLA, and for the Central States ASLA Conferences.  Eric makes himself available as a LARE Prep Mentor to several exam candidates around the US and is a member of the ASLA LARE Prep Sub-committee.



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